5/18/2012 02:22:00 PM

LA's 5 Best Burgers

Apple Pan burger, Image via Flickr/Daremoshiranai
With Memorial Day only one weekend away, we can't help but start daydreaming about the backyard BBQs and poolside cookouts in our very near future. What will we be chowing at these summer shindigs? Burgers, natch. But LA is a town that offers no shortage of outstanding burger options at its restaurants as well as its pool parties. Check out our list of the top 5 best burgers in LA in the slideshow below. Did we miss your favorite? Shout 'em out in the comments.

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  1. I love In-N-Out but I also think Nancy's Backyard Burger at Short Order deserves a shout...

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  2. Short Order is horribly overrated (but I love Mozza's pizza). Apple Pan is always listed, just because it always has been. No other reason: it's good but not special. Umami is pricey but it is awfully good.

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    1. I love Short Order, Things don't have to be overly complicated to be great!

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    2. I have to put in my two cents about Short Order: It did not live up to the hype. The burgers there are quite forgettable. Why isn't the anti-ketchup establishment Father's Office on this list, or did I just answer my own question?

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    3. Agree, Short Order is very overrated, and encountered a pretty nasty server there too...

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  3. Wow you listen in and out before listing umami burger? I'm surprised you didn't list McDonald's. Great taste!

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  4. Hungry cat is easily affordable and seasonally delicious. People need to relax and check it out. It is worth every penny!

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    1. You are so right! And ballers on a budget can go to In-n-Out to get their burger on.

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  5. The Laurel Tavern Hickory Burger is hard to beat!

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  6. Hungry Cat Number 1? Golden State in the top 5? No Father's Office? No Umami Burger? No Comme Ca? BLASPHEMY!

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    1. I agreee. I guess that's why the author didn't sign his/her name to the article.

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  7. There is nothing interesting about an Apple Pan burger. It's hard to believe you could leave the Father's Office burger off of this list.

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  8. How about Pie 'n Burger at 913 E California Blvd in Pasadena? Great old school wrapped burger at a reasonable price so juicy you'll have to wipe your chin! Great fries and rings too! Also pies to die for!

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  9. I think you got the price wrong at HOLE IN THE WALL. It can't be $47. That's the price at Hungry Cat, which is also hard to believe. Please review. Try the burger at Literati Bar & Grill in W.L.A. at corner of Wilshire and Bundy. Enormous and Phenomenal (with Chedder and Grilled Onions, of course.)

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    1. I think they meant to list it as HOLE IN THE WALLET.

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    2. typo, its definitely not $47, I believe its $17 or something.

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    3. @emil: I don't think the prices listed are actually for the burgers, but rather for the establishment according to the Zagat rating system. (Most paying Zagat members know this.)

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    4. Hole In the Wall Burgers are under $10.00 ($8.95), including cheese. Fries are under $3.00. The pretzel bun is the best I've had anywhere.

      I've found Umami burger to be (unfortunately) over rated, and Father's Office, while excellent, relies on too many add-ons for me to compare it to 4 of th 4 burgers on this list. Never had the Hungry Cat burger, but I'll give it a try -- without the bacon. Any burger should be judged without needing bacon to provide flavor. These days, people will fall in love with anything topped with bacon or pork belly.

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    5. @JeffreyME it seems bacon/cheeseburgers are here to stay, my friend. But I hear what you're saying about all the "frills" that can distract from a pure burger. I like to go hardcore w/o cheese, bacon, avocado, etc. when I want to check out the real deal.

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  10. Islands Big Wave Turkey Burger on whole wheat bun. No cheese.

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    1. Lol "Islands Big Wave Turkey Burger on Whole Wheat Bun. No Cheese" Great joke... Thanks!

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  11. Finally a list that doesn't have Father's office... Ha. I swear I don't really get the hype, I've been telling people about this burger for a while now. BTW it's not $47, I think thats a typo its $17 or something.

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    1. I think there should be separate list distinguishing Traditional and Gourmet Burgers, I don't believe comparing a $3 In-and-Out and a +$15 gourmet anywhere burger is necessarily fair.

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    2. @emil: I don't think the prices listed are actually for the burgers, but rather for the establishment according to the Zagat rating system. (Most paying Zagat members know this.)

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  12. Wow. $50 hamburgers, you have to be kidding me. For that price you could almost raise and slaughter the livestock yourself.

    In'n Out is the only legit player on this list.

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  13. Hamburger Central in Glendale! Cheap and good, with great service.

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  14. Five Guys in Westwood rocks. Check them out.

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  15. juicy burger on hollywood and ivar is the bomb!!

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  16. Five Guys is a sad wannabe copy of In and Out-in SEAL BEACH try RUBY's the loation on westminster near PCH is charming and delicious and the location on SBPIER is a breathtaking choice for tourists and locals alike...the blue cheese cobb burger is out of this world-fries not warm enough they happily bring you more for free...

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  17. you have to try the burgers at RECESS EATERY in Glendale.
    The Pledge of Allegiance is to die for!

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  18. Can't believe the Counter and Umami burger both failed to make the list. Both better burgers than In and Out by such a long way. The quality of the meat, the taste and the texture don't even compare - obviously can't trust this list. Shame.

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  19. In the City of Alhambra, a little east of the Los Angeles city line is a place located on the north side of Main Street called Jay Dee's Bar and Grill, or just Jaydee's to the regulars.
    They have the best burgers anywhere. Friendly atmosphere and good food, worth a visit. Best time to come would be between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM for lunch.

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  20. The Burger at The Pikey is the best burger in LA bar none. In n Out puts Umami to shame if you ask me. Short Order is just flavorless. Apple Pan is the pride of LA so leave it alone.

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  21. 0ooops! You omitted what is probably THE best burger place in the West L.A. area -- that being, of course, Gulfstream in Century City. I know, I know... it's a seafood restaurant, but their burgers outclass any of the aforementioned

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  22. By far In 'n Out is the best---product and price wise.
    My favorite is a Double-Double protein-style (that's lettuce instead of the bun),double tomato,big raw slice of white onion, and mustard. NONE OF THEIR SAUCE.No fries and just Ice Tea. That's 400 calories and good for you.Hello!!!Try it.

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  23. TOMMY'S, no redeeming value, just great taste. A great hamburger is supposed to be messy and I can't imagine a messier.

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  24. Wow. $50 hamburgers, you have to be kidding me. For that price you could almost raise and slaughter the livestock yourself.

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